We love subway tile for so many reason and one of those reasons being its versatility. In addition to the beloved staggered or herringbone patterns, we are seeing a lot of interest in stacked subway tile! By simply stacking these shapes horizontally or vertically you can bring a whole new vibrant energy to your space. Continue reading to see 5 trendy stacked subway tile projects we adore, plus some pro tips on installing this trendy layout...
1. Perfect Pop of Color
Pops of color can say so much about a home and the personality behind it. Lena Dunham, an award winning writer, director, actress, and producer, recently moved into her forever home, where our handmade tile adorns the kitchen! These dreamy teal squares are full of character, glossy goodness, and gorgeous variation. The stacked Subway tiles create a clean and uniform look that fits this colorful home perfectly.
To see more of this beautiful home, visit "More of Lena Dunham’s Colorful Connecticut Home"
2. Mid-Century Modern
Mid-Century Modern design is known for it's clean and sleek lines, so it only makes sense that stacked tile was the choice for this kitchen. We love this project because the bold color choices work so well together. These stacked 2"x6" Subway Tiles in a glossy warm brown brings so much richness and energy to this MCM space.
For more Mid-Century Modern tile designs, visit our blog "10 Mid Century Modern Designs with Handmade Tile"
3. Scandinavian Ombre
We are loving the movement towards smaller tile shapes and these tiny rectangles are just too cute! Aside from being cute, they are also helpful in making small spaces appear larger. It plays as an optical illusion: the more tiles your eye sees the more surface area it attributes to the space. Small subway tile is a more delicate approach to stacked tile because the grout lines are closer together, seeming less harsh and more blended.
For more bright white tile designs, visit our blog "7 Bright White Handmade Tile Installs"
4. Colorful Coastal
These stacked Blue Opal squares in this Construction2Style kitchen are a breath of fresh air and can you believe all of those tiles are the same glaze color?! This project is a personal favorite because it shows how stacked squares can show off all the beautiful variation in our handmade tile. This space makes for the perfect lake home with it's fresh and clean yet trendy palette.
Get more subway tile layout ideas with our blog "6 Creative Patterns for Classic Subway Tile"
3"x3" Subway Tile - 22E Blue Opal
Photography by Chelsie Lopez Production
5. Bohemian Bliss
This Construction2Style and DeRusha bathroom is one of those projects that stops you in your tracks. It's just that good. From the Rebel Walls floral wallpaper, to the quilt pattern floor and of course, the luxurious stacked tile, this bathroom checks all the boxes for creativity. The sleek lines of the shower splash make it hard to look away from this beauty.
For more on this project, visit our blog "Bohemian Bathroom Remodel with Handmade Tile"
3"x6" Subway Tile, Bullnose, Cove Base - 1036W Bluegrass. Signature Quilt Pattern - 366 Satin Black, 1036W Bluegrass, 958 Rainforest, 28 Everglades, 901E Evening Shadow. Photography by Emily John Photography.
Bonus: Minimalist Chic
Although this design appears simple, there's so much to admire about the details. From the exposed brick to the polished brass hardware and wooden shelving, this kitchen is a minimalist's dream. The chic stacked tile is just the cherry on top!
For more ways to use stacked subway tile, visit our. blog "Stacked Subway Tile - 6 Ways to Rock the Look"
The Nitty Gritty
Handmade tile comes with many perfect imperfections. We cut, glaze, and fire every tile by hand so it only makes sense that each one is slightly different from the next. You’ll get brush strokes, variation in color, slight differences in size, and a whole lot of added character to your space. These nuances to handmade, artisan tile are what make them special. So when you are installing our field tile in a stacked layout, here’s what to keep in mind:
- Unpack your tile into manageable sized stacks and turn them upright to see the length of each tile
- Remove tiles that appear to be the same length and make piles for each size
- Measure each organized stack and mark down the length
- When staging your rows for install, use only tiles that are the same length for each stacked row
For more info on our handmade tile, visit our blog "Handmade Tile - Our Step by Step Process"